June 27, 2023
PHOTO BY MATTHEW MILLMAN
So, your home is in the perfect location, and you've already updated the interiors to raise your property's value and painted your doors and interiors in sought-after colors. Is there anything else you can do to eke out an even bigger payday once you decide to sell? Of course! It's time to turn your attention to landscaping.
"A budget of at least 25 percent of your property's worth should be invested in your landscape in order to retain the value of your home," advises landscape designer Amy Hovis, principal and owner of Eden Garden Design in Austin. "With landscape improvements hovering at a 200 to 400 percent return on investment, it makes a lot of sense to hire a designer and do it right."
Now before you go all-out with a yard redesign, let's focus on the changes that will increase your property's value. We chatted with real estate and landscape design experts Gagan Saini, director of acquisitions at JiT Home Buyers; landscape architect Bryan Clayton, CEO of lawn care marketplace GreenPal; design director Kevin Lenhart of the online landscape design site Yardzen; and designer Carol Kurth of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors to find out what exactly you should do to improve the land around your home.
"Landscaping is that silent ambassador that speaks volumes about your home, creating that crucial first impression," says Saini. "An artfully landscaped garden is the x-factor that significantly uplifts your property's value."
But many potential buyers aren't going to want to put in too much effort to care for the garden, so low-maintenance features like irrigation systems can help boost your home's value. "Here's something most people don't know—sustainable landscaping practices can significantly increase property value," says Clayton. "By implementing water-efficient irrigation systems, using native plantings, and opting for organic fertilizers, you demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. This appeals to environmentally conscious buyers and adds an extra layer of value."
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